Photo gallery: Halloween greetings from a Times photographer in Tokyo
After only being in Tokyo for a little more than 24 hours, reporting partner Katie Sanders and I headed to Shibuya Crossing, a famous intersection in Tokyo, filled with costumed millennials celebrating Halloween this weekend. While the holiday is a new tradition in Japanese culture, it has become popular and the celebration now lasts several days.
The past several hours have been a photographer's dream. Shibuya Crossing is already incredibly visual with brightly lit store fronts and billboards, but now it was elevated to the next level with some of the most creative Halloween costumes I've ever seen.
On assignments, I usually try to stay out of sight, attempting to catch fleeting moments without interrupting them with my camera. As I began to walk down the crowded streets of Shibuya, I was doing the exact opposite. Lifting the camera to my face made the people stop in front of me and pose. This made for some fun photos, don't get me wrong, but it wasn't what I was hoping for from the evening.
Hurdles like this force you to be creative. So I started shooting from the hip, shooting through posed photos that turned into moments and prayed that something would turn out. Shooting from the hip is a gamble, but it can make for some unique images from a different perspective than I would normally shoot.
Hope you enjoy these photos and happy early Halloween from Tokyo!
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